Recently as Ephesus Tour guides we organized an educational study trip to Ephesus with an expert archaeologist Cengiz Icten who worked at Ephesus over 20 years as Museum Director.
As professional Ephesus tour guides who conduct mostly private tours of Ephesus and some of us also work for agencies that organize group tours to Ephesus we have to update ourselves with the new discoveries and also refresh our memories with some of the information which has already been there for years.
This particular tour to Ephesus with an expert guide was mostly concentrated on Terrace Houses section of Ephesus but since we are already at the Site we said we might as well ask some other questions in mind generally about Ephesus.
I decided to record the sound and video of this educational tour exclusively organized for private guides for Ephesus. And it was a 170 minute long informative sound recording and videos.
There was so much information about Ephesus that we use as tour guides, but also so many more that most of us would hear for the first time.
I decided to divide the whole video shoot into smaller chapters, then I separated them by order in categories about certain subjects.
Since there are over 50 videos, I will divide them into at least 5 groups and I will publish them in forms of blog articles in series.
Here are the 5 groups that this sequel will follow
The small artifacts and details that we hardly notice while we tour Ephesus as tour guides but never realized what they are for and what’s the story behind their discoveries
will be with these Topics is about the Water Sources both for the City and the Terrace Houses at Ephesus
Will mostly be about the general use of the Terrace Houses at Ephesus Ancient City, the physical conditions such as size, timelines etc.
Restoration and preservation at Terrace Houses in Ancient Ephesus.
Will be about the areas that our Ephesus Expert Guide Mr. Icten worked on excavations and about his memories.
some unknown areas yet to be discovered around Ephesus.
What are the effects of technology to Archaeology
The structure he thought was the Synagogue of Ephesus.
Stoa of Alitarc at the entrance of Ephesus Terrace Houses.
The Turkish Movie that was filmed here at Ephesus Ancient City in the 70s.
His thoughts on delivering the information about Ephesus to tourists on our private tours to Ephesus city.
City’s defence walls - later city walls and one of the gates of the city.
How were the communication lines between Ephesus and other cities around Ephesus.
Where were the Graveyards?
Where were the Marble Quarries?
So here I start with my Article 1 discussing
The small artifacts that are either small or just left lying around without any info boards.
So we hardly notice while we tour Ephesus as tour guides but never realized what they are for and what’s the story behind their discoveries.
Here I unveil the information about The hidden artifacts we as Ephesus tour guides are unable to see or show during our regular tours.
Pieces Laying Around
This is an important quern stone, there is also one at the back of Ephesus Museum.
There is also another type called Donkey Mill run by donkeys or mules, they are larger scale stones.
In the 80s, there was an English researcher studying these mill stones with his wife. He prepared an article about these and unfortunately he died in a traffic accident, his wife had sent the article to Mr. Icten later.
There are some other round pieces beyond them belong to the Water Clock that was originally located at the Market Place. The whole water clock was taken from Ephesus to Vienna.
This particular inscription is suggested to be from Late Roman, Byzantine period from Christian era.
At the upper part it is written in Capital letters above, and below are the shorthand handwritten with small letters of the same text.
It is probable that the inscription is from 5th century AD. Maximianus period.